It’s often been taught that God brings His people into trying situations in order to produce something good. But if this is true, why would Jesus teach us to pray, “lead us not into temptation”?
Temptation is present everywhere. It’s present with you the minute you wake up in the morning! You might be tempted to sleep in, or tempted to dread the coming day. Temptation is broadcast into our homes through the TV and internet. It’s present through friends who want to do the wrong things. Everywhere you go there are noises and sights that tempt you away from being focused on God.
Temptations often come in the form of attempts to get you to sin. But perhaps they come more abundantly to get you to question God or to weaken faith. Whichever way it goes, temptation is the devil’s business, and he doesn’t let up. It all started in the garden with the forbidden fruit, and he’s offered forbidden fruit ever since.
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